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Drop the Fatitude and Get a Winning Attitude!

Change Your Thoughts to Win the Weight-Loss Game


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  • thank you very much for these words of wisdom you have opened my eyes!
  • Thanks for this today - I needed it! You are dead on - we all have a choice. You made the journey crystal clear.
  • Thanks Coach. I think that this is one of your best articles.
    As a mom of small kids, I hear the frustration of some of the earlier commenters. The bottom line is--do the best that you can with the resources and opportunities you have. If it means five minutes of exercise, make it the best five minutes you possibly can. Nobody said that it was going to be easy.
  • Love your articles, Dean. This one is so right on....
    Doing these changes with love and affection for me- for my ups and downs, success and failure, paying attention to what works.
    S'all good.
  • I agree with KLS777. I have 6 small children, and a husband who is gone alot. I also work full time nights (12 hour shifts). By the time I get off work in the morning, sleep 5 or 6 hours, it is time to get up and cook dinner and leave for work. I find it very difficult to go to the bathroom by myself, let alone work out consistently for 30 minutes or more daily.
  • This is all well and good, so what happens when you have 4 small children that have no respect for exercise time and you are constantly badgered the whole time?
  • Wow! All or nothing! Not long ago, that was me. I had to be perfect or not even try. That perfectionism sent me soaring to 265 pounds and diabetic. Now, I have to take it one bite at a time, one movement at a time, depending on what my glucose meter says. If my sugar is high, I have to exercise. If it's low, I have to eat. And I don't dare over- or under-do either of those. Sound like more perfectionism? Nope. Perfectionism is paralyzing. I know what to do to counter any bad decision or mistake that I make, so that mistake doesn't leave me spiraling off into the cake and ice cream for dinner zone.
  • I liked the part about perfectionism and instant gratification. I often push myself to exercise much harder than usual in order to work off the extra calories I "couldn't help" but consume. It's a symptom of my excessive nature, and something I'm working hard to moderate, because I can't keep up those mega-workouts forever. I like the reminder that it's a slow, gradual, steady process, and that I can't expect to change overnight. Thank you, Coach Dean!
    Boy you have me pegged! I have fallen away from what I started with here...myself defeat AGAIN! I needed this article and will search for more...I need to get my spark petered out here this last few months. Thanks, Em
  • One of the things that attracted me to SparkPeople was its overall body positiveness. But I'm very disappointed at the derogatory use of the word 'fat' that has been used several times in recent memory by some of the coaches. 'Fat' is a word that we each have to find our own relationship with, and it's not a self-defeating insult to all of us -- for some, it's an important part of loving our bodies and ourselves no matter what. A derogatory use of 'fat' can easily contribute a body-negative and pro-self-hatred environment. I'm disappointed that SparkPeople is making this change.
    I'm turning my fatitude into a slimitude! Great article!
  • Wow, great article.... I see myself in every point at some time in my journey.
  • I liked... You are an “experiment of one” when it comes to figuring out what will work for you, and you’re the one running the experiment... To me it means that although we are the same ( human) we are each unique and have control over the actions that we take...I'm enjoying trying to figure out what works for me.
  • KIMMERS1962
    I loved this article! I was beating myself up (pretty badly) in regards to gaining 2 pounds while my husband was on vacation. Today was my weigh in day and I lost 4 pounds!

    I am printing out this article so I will have it to help me remember to quit beating myself up. Take the good, bad, ugly and beautiful and learn from them. Move forward one day at a time. Thank you!
  • As I read this article, I thought about myself and ask I had to ask myself what has changed this time vs all those other weight loss times. What has changed is my attitude. I have good days, GREAT DAYS and bad days. I have learned to just start with where I am at after a bad day and continue to move forward. I no longer beat myself up over a mis-step. I don't berrate myself for eating something I should not have.

    I take responsiblity for my decisions of what I put in my mouth. It's amazing the freedom a person has when they take ownership of their own weightloss journey.

    Thanks for the article!!!!

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